Saturday, August 14, 2010

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity

I have to give a big round of applause to Paranormal Activity-you are one of the few movies that have kept me awake every single night for the following week after seeing it. This is the movie that forced many people to leave the theatre because they were terrified. But is it scary?


I should rephrase. There are only three scenes in this movie that are genuinely terrifying, and everything else just filler. This movie borrows a lot from the Blair Witch, in the respect that we have to listen to normal people moan and bitch a lot before any kind of suspense is really built up, which for this film is past the thirty-minute mark.

The premise: Katie is a normal woman who has been hunted by a spirit for most of her life. Upon discovering this her boyfriend, Micha, eagerly acts like a newbie ghost buster, which includes taping them, EVP work, and leaving flour on the stairwell. Things get more complicated, however, when a physic reveals that Katie is being hunted by a deamon, not a ghost, and leaving the house won't help.

Micha in particular acts like an idiot throughout most of this movie, disregarding the psychic's very reasonable advice to not antagonize the daemon, going so far as to buy a Oujie board and challenging the daemon every five minutes. While his methods are good for detecting paranormal activity, Micha should really leave the exorcisms up to the experts (who,due to plot convinence, are out of town).

I can't help but wish that I had been watching this in the movie theatre instead of a DVD. Given that this was a two-hour movie filmed only inside the house, the actors do a decent job of making Paranormal Activity interesting. For the most part, I believed this is how normal people would react in this situation. I say for the most part, because there are a few minor moments here and there that the characters act in a way that's unbelievable. I also can't believe there is no other deamon buster or Catholic Priest anywhere within two hundred miles. 

FINAL GRADE: 4 stars out of 5. I definitely recommend this movie, but prepare for a lot of scenes involving talking.

Heck, if they get really desperate, Micha and Katie can always contact the Ghost Hunters.

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